by Bulldog Drummond
Before we get down to our usual coverage of past matches between the two clubs there is a lovely story in the local Leicester newspaper today
Claudio Ranieri linked with Tottenham in strangest transfer rumour of season
The sub-heading reads
“The former Leicester City boss looks set to leave Nantes this summer after fall-out with club president”
Yes the Leicester Mercury tells us that “French publication Presse Ocean claim Ranieri is in talks with Spurs to take over from Mauricio Pochettino in the summer.
“Ranieri is currently in charge of French club Nantes, where he is in the midst of a poor run of seven games without a win in Ligue 1, following a 2-0 defeat to Montpellier. The Italian is under contract at Nantes until the end of next season, but looks ever likely to be leaving this summer following a spat with the club’s president, who accused Ranieri of being “unprofessional”.
“Ranieri responded by daring Nantes to sack him.” Sports Illustrated however agreed that he will leave at the end of the season and they have the story of him going to Tottenham too.
Oh what jolly japes these clubs get up to. Nantes are 10th in the French League.
Elsewhere the local press in the land of the king who turned up in a car park and got a 527 year fine and a parking ticket, comment of their current manager that “Claude Puel is under increasingly intense pressure, with David Wagner tipped to replace him .”
Although it is not all doom and gloom in Leicester for a different article in the Leicester Mercury has the headline “Summer signings can fire Leicester City into Premier League top six, says Wes Morgan.” This points out that 7th spot in the league was there for the taking – and with it a chance to play in the Europa, but they have let it slip through their fingers.
Interestingly Leicester City supporters seem to have taken a good look at the anti-Arsenal Arsenal and have seen it not as a dire warning of what can happen when disparate groups of the disaffected take over a you tube channel but as a blueprint of how to behave. The newspaper tells us that, “In the defeat to West Ham on Saturday, fans booed at half-time and full time, many left before the end, some chanted ‘you don’t know what you’re doing’ at manager Claude Puel, while hardly any stayed behind for the lap of appreciation after the game.”
Oh that lap of appreciation after the game. Not many clubs manage to pull it off. I wonder why the clubs still try to do it.
Anyway it seems that Arsenal’s away supporters have a chance to show their hosts what it is like to be positive. Let’s hope everyone (including the delegation from Untold) remember what support is supposed to mean. I am sure we all will.
In the early days of playing Leicester, Arsenal had a fair amount of struggle, winning just two of the first 12 games between the two clubs. This changed however in 1903 when we went on a run of 14 games against them in the 1st and 2nd divisions, and didn’t lose a single one.
The results between the two sides have swung back and forth since then – eight without a win in the early 1970s, one defeat in 20 from 1984 to 2000.
Since that last defeat on penalties in a FA Cup match, there have been 13 games without Arsenal being beaten. But if we just take our Premier League record against them recently it looks rather promising. The first ever Premier League match between the clubs in Novembher 1994 resulted in a Leicester win. Since then…
|23 Nov 1994||Leicester City v Arsenal||L||2-1|
|11 Feb 1995||Arsenal v Leicester City||D||1-1|
|24 Aug 1996||Leicester City v Arsenal||W||0-2|
|12 Apr 1997||Arsenal v Leicester City||W||2-0|
|27 Aug 1997||Leicester City v Arsenal||D||3-3|
|26 Dec 1997||Arsenal v Leicester City||W||2-1|
|12 Sep 1998||Leicester City v Arsenal||D||1-1|
|20 Feb 1999||Arsenal v Leicester City||W||5-0|
|07 Aug 1999||Arsenal v Leicester City||W||2-1|
|04 Dec 1999||Leicester City v Arsenal||W||0-3|
|26 Dec 2000||Arsenal v Leicester City||W||6-1|
|20 Jan 2001||Leicester City v Arsenal||D||0-0|
|25 Aug 2001||Arsenal v Leicester City||W||4-0|
|23 Jan 2002||Leicester City v Arsenal||W||1-3|
|06 Dec 2003||Leicester City v Arsenal||D||1-1|
|15 May 2004||Arsenal v Leicester City||W||2-1|
|31 Aug 2014||Leicester City v Arsenal||D||1-1|
|10 Feb 2015||Arsenal v Leicester City||W||2-1|
|26 Sep 2015||Leicester City v Arsenal||W||2-5|
|14 Feb 2016||Arsenal v Leicester City||W||2-1|
|20 Aug 2016||Leicester City v Arsenal||D||0-0|
|26 Apr 2017||Arsenal v Leicester City||W||1-0|
|11 Aug 2017||Arsenal v Leicester City||W||4-3|
And in case long historical runs are not really your scene, then the last six are five wins and a draw in which we have scored 14 and conceded seven, suggesting an average score of 2-1 to the Arsenal.
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